May 15, 2008
Red Hat announced that announced that a European branch of the
the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has implemented its Red Hat
Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Red Hat Network. NYSE Euronext is
using RHEL for key components of its "mission-critical,"
high-speed financial trading environments, Red Hat said.
NYSE Eurotext chose Linux due to its greater flexibility, freedom
from vendor lock-in, cost savings, and the ability to handle
heavy workloads, says Red Hat. The company beat out another Linux
vendor for a variety of reasons, it says, including enhanced
support and RHEL's implementation of the open-source
Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) guidelines.
The Red Hat-based software runs on 200 HP ProLiant DL585
four-processor servers, 400 ProLiant BL 685c blades, and AMD
dual-core Opteron processors. NYSE Euronext plans to add several
hundred more RHEL subscriptions in the coming 18 months,
according to Red Hat.
Stated Steve Rubinow, CIO at NYSE Euronext, "The pace of
electronic trading has picked up dramatically. Linux as an
operating system has been the fastest growing with respect to
these requirements. Linux gave us the flexibility that we
desired, and we felt that this was right for our environment. Red
Hat satisfied our objectives. Red Hat is almost like water, it's
pervasive within our architecture. Without it, most of our
computers wouldn't be running."